NEW MEMBERS, Please Read

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Eric ELM, Jul 15, 2001.

  1. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830


    A BIG Welcome to all you new members. This forum is growing very fast and lately we have had a lot of new members sign up, so I just wanted to give you all a few ideas on using this forum.

    In the upper right hand corner, there is an Icon Posting Guidelines Please read this to make sure you are following our posting rules. Also below that is faq Click on that to see the most frequently asked questions. Search is also there. If you have a question on for example: Sharpening Blades, click on SEARCH and enter the word Sharpen and you will find around 60 posts on sharpening and grinders. There are thousands of posts answering questions here by 100's of professional lawn care guys. If you can't find the answer to your question, by all means, start a new discussion and ask your question. Lets keep it clean though, because there are women and children that also read these posts from all over the world. I realize most everyone has heard about every cuss word out there, but we don't need to hear them again.

    I also have a search page on my website to help out members to make it easier. On my site, click on Lawnsite Links and there you will find 76 topics with all the search results. Just click the topic of interest to get the results.

    There is a forum for advertising your equipment for sale so please put your ads there and not on this one. That forum helps fund, so don't try to sneak in any ads here or they will be deleted. There is a forum for about anything connected to our business, so enjoy them all.

    Don't forget to click on the banners at the top. This helps fund Lawnsite by visiting these sponsors. This is the least we can do for Chuck, so go click on them all now and see what they have to offer. I visit them daily and if everyone did, it would help off set the cost of running this site, BIG TIME.

    I have a Chat Room for Lawnsite members which can be found on my website. You can get to it by clicking on my signature below any of my posts. To make it easier to get back there, just save the URL in your favorites. The Lawnsite Chat Rooms are the second and third chat rooms towards the bottom left side of the first page. It is set up for using AOL Instant Messenger which can be downloaded on the links page on my website if you don't already have it. It is free to download and use and lots of fun for most. If you already have AOL as your ISP, you still need to download AOL Instant Messenger. You need the program called AIM95 which stands for AOL Instant Messenger.

    We have been getting 10 at a time there lately with some coming and going all evening. Normally the people have been chatting there around 8:30 to 10:30 Central time, but you could catch someone there about anytime. If someone isn't there when you get there, just minimize the window and go back to Lawnsite and wait for someone to get there. When someone sends an instant message, you will hear a sound if you have the sounds configured right and you have your volume up enough to hear it.

    If the 2nd Chat Room gets to full or the younger guys would rather chat by themselves, there is another Chat Room below the 2nd one that is available too. The top Chat Room was originally set up for Dixie Chopper owners, so that is why it is Labeled that way still. Come and join the fun when you have a chance and enjoy.

    There is another issue that needs to be brought up for anyone chatting in the chat rooms. The Chat Room is considered part of LawnSite and the language rule is in affect there also. I can't be there at all times to monitor this, so keep it clean.

    I also have noticed a lot of dealers and Mfgs. joining and I would like to let you know we welcome you.

    I would like to let you know that Mfg. and Dealers that put up a banner with your link on it to your sites, is what funds Lawnsite.

    It is not fair for other Mfgs. and dealers to try to attract members to your site and not help out funding this forum. If this happens, you can end up losing your membership.

    If you want to sell used Equipment on, you have to place an advertisement in the Used Equipment Marketplace forum.

    For you new members that don't know, Chuck Keough is the Administrator/Owner of this great forum, I'm the Administrative Assistant, and we have several dedicated moderators here, 1MajorTom, Paul, Lanelle, 75, Alan, Lonestarlawn, Davis TLC, Kirbys Lawn and turfquip. If you have problems or forum questions that you can't figure out, just email us. You can find my email address by going to the top of the forums and clicking on Moderated by: Eric ELM.

    Thanks for reading this.
  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I also want to add that if any of you see a post in any thread or forum that you don't think should be there, PLEASE click on the Report a Post feature which emails each moderator on that forum to fix the problem.

    This feature will be a big help to all moderators this fall and winter when these forums really get busy, so please use it if you see any violation of the Posting Guidelines.

    If you have any truck or snow plowing questions, please go to and you will find several forums there for these subjects.
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    We have several mfg banners at the top of each page, so please All Members, go visit these sites and see what they have to offer. This and member donations are what supports

    If you have something to add to a post at the last second after clicking on submit, go click on EDIT under your post and add what you have to add. You can do this up to 30 minutes after posting. I've noticed more than one member has 2 posts in a row and the times they were posted are the same. This will avoid 2 posts in a row.

    This is what this feature is set at now:

    Time to wait before starting to display 'edited by...'
    Time limit (in minutes) to allow user to edit the post without the [edited by xxx] message appearing at the bottom of the post. 4 minutes

    Time limit on editing of posts
    Time limit (in minutes) to impose on editing of messages. After this time limit only moderators will be able edit or delete the message. 30 minutes

    Time limit (in minutes) on editing of thread title, may be edited by the thread starter. 2 minutes

    These times will be shortened if there is any abuse of this feature. At one time, there was no time limit on editing, but a whole big thread got deleted after the original poster deleted his post. If the original post gets deleted, so does the whole thread, so this is why you only have 2 minutes if you are the originator of a thread.

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